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There are two different types of Criminal Trespass charges – both of which should be taken seriously. If you want to do so, you will need an experienced attorney to fight for you and tell your side of the story.
Criminal Trespass 1° is a gross misdemeanor, which means the maximum penalty you can receive from a conviction is 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine. This charge is when an individual knowingly enters or remains unlawfully in a building. A typical example involves someone being ordered to leave a restaurant or casino and then refusing to do so.
Criminal Trespass 2°, on the other hand, is a misdemeanor which means the maximum penalty of a conviction is 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. This charge is when you trespass onto property put not in a building. So you could potentially be charged with trespassing 2° if you walk past a “no trespassing” sign and onto someone’s property.
If you are facing a criminal trespassing charge, our Kent criminal attorneys are here to help. In our experience, many trespassing cases are a misunderstanding or they simply involve very unique and unusual circumstances.